Time to update! Remodels are on the rise

Remodels in the multifamily and senior living market segments constitute a large portion of the commercial projects that are available to designers, aside from new construction, and we partner with many owners and developers each year to refresh their properties. Our customers hire us to help update their building’s amenity spaces or units for a number of reasons. One of the biggest reasons is to modernize outdated furniture, finishes and fixtures, which helps maintain the overall appeal of the building for existing, new, or prospective residents. Let’s face it-there are endless new options in Denver right now for prospective residents, so by keeping up with the competition, we help our customers revive the spaces that have lost their appeal, to make a new and lasting impression. This also gives us a chance to evaluate how the space is currently being used and if there are things we can do to improve the overall function or change it altogether.

(Case Study below, and the solutions provided are specific to a senior, assisted living environment)

Aneka Interiors has been working on a number of remodel projects with Holly Creek Retirement Community over the last couple of years, and we wanted to share a newly completed, resident approved success story. Holly Creek has a special place in our hearts, as it’s employees and residents have created a friendly, heartwarming community- where everyone knows your name… you literally cannot leave this building without making a new friend!

We completed a remodel of the community library, and had a Grand Re-opening for the residents the day before Thanksgiving, 2015.

Let’s discuss the “before” picture of the library first.
There were a few things that immediately stood out to us as things that could be improved upon. First was the rug on the floor-a hazard to a senior population where walkers and wheelchairs are abundant. Second was the over-sized, upholstered sofa and chairs whose seats had been well-used and thus have sunken in over time, plus the depth and height of the seats (too deep and too low)- this can make it difficult for even the average person to get in and out of easily. The chairs at the computer desks were difficult to pull out or push in and were very heavy. Our goal was to create a new concept and color scheme that would create a feeling of comfort and liveliness, that would be welcoming and appealing to those we were designing for.

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Library Before
We created two color boards for the residents to choose from, and through a voting process, that was facilitated and overseen by the Executive Director, Jayne Keller, the residents selected the “sea-glass inspired” concept.

From that board, we created what you see below!
We used different carpet patterns to create an inset rug for the seating area-no more trip hazards! And new paint colors to brighten and accent our main concept color of “sea-glass”. The furniture provided is made specifically for seniors, with a firmer cushion, higher seat, and less depth. We provided rolling chairs for the computer desks (that have arms to assist those getting in and out of them). The dining style tables are to be used for activities, and the chairs for this use have castors on the front two legs only, to make it easier to pull chairs out and push in. The new artwork and accessories add more color to the room, and removing the blinds on the windows behind the previous drapes allows an increased amount of sunlight to filter through the new sheers. Functionally speaking, we improved upon the circulation of the space with smaller scale furniture, while maintaining the same number of available seats. We also fulfilled a need requested by the residents for more shelving- we added 1/3 more bookshelves to the perimeter wall space (not all shelving is pictured).

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Completed Library

We have received positive feedback from residents and employees alike since the re-opening of the library, and are glad to have been able to deliver another successful design!

Thanks for you interest in our projects and have a great rest of the week!
-The Aneka Interiors Team

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